The Roxy Pro is event No. 2 (of 6) of the 2002 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) held on Tavarua and Namotu Islands, Fiji. May 2002.
Despite radical storms with shifting winds and rain squalls, the world’s best women surfers produced some great performances in round three of the Roxy Pro.
The Roxy Pro set a precedent today by taking the elite competition to two new reef locations: ‘Restaurants’ and ‘Namotu Lefts’ – utilising both islands of Tavarua and Namotu which lie off the south-west coast of the main island of Fiji. Overnight the swell jumped to a stormy three metres and conditions were too dangerous and unpredictable at Cloudbreak, a shallow reef break two kilometres south of both islands, so organisers decided to start round three in the more protected 1-1.5 metre surf at Restaurants, a world-famous break situated straight off the island of Tavarua.
As the thunderstorms swirled around the islands during the morning, conditions deteriorated at Restaurants and contest organisers decided to move the event across the channel to Namotu Lefts, which was producing clean 1.2 – 2 metre surf.
Australia’s Melanie Redman-Carr won heat one, and fellow Aussie Kate Skarratt followed with the upset of the day, ousting defending champion Megan Abubo (Hawaii) in the second heat. The final heat at Namotu was not short of action with Serena Brooke eliminating Sam Cornish.
With the move to Namotu as the wind changed, heats four and five were completed before a huge sky of black and blanket wall of rain closed in, with reigning world champion Layne Beachley and trials sensation Sophia Mulanovich advancing to round four with their respective heat wins.
The standard of surfing was exceptional at both locations, with Mulanovich, Beachley and Redman-Carr emerging as the standouts, all surfing powerfully on their backhand.